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Archive for May, 2009

Isaac Bear honors student hopes for a summer of song

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

At 16, Rebekah Mason, an advanced honors student, spends nearly 7 hours a day studying, has an IQ of 147 and is a Bill Gates Scholarship recipient, but still squeezes in time for an occasional sleepover.

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Fishing tournament is fun time, regardless of day’s catch

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The 11th annual Cape Fear Disabled Sportsman’s Tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 15 at the Kure Beach Fishing Pier.

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Probe continues in diver’s death

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Wilmington | The autopsy report on the death of a University of North Carolina Wilmington research diver at the underwater Aquarius laboratory in the Florida Keys isn’t expected to be ready until next month.

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Car dealers running into problems in NC

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The problems confronting the nation’s Big Three auto makers are not the only problems in the industry.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the number of small car dealers in North Carolina cited for bad business practices is above average this year.

The Division of Motor Vehicles says since July, 51 dealers have sold cars but failed to pay the companies that helped them finance their inventories. The state has identified 624 victims involving the dealers.

Doug Dunnagan with the DMV says the bad economy increases car dealers’ problems.

The most typical complaints are that a dealer has not paid off a customer’s loan on a trade-in and that people haven’t received titles for purchased cars.

A dealer can face a hearing, misdemeanor charges or more serious criminal charges.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The problems confronting the nation’s Big Three auto makers are not the only problems in the industry.

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Cape Fear Commutes 2035 gathering input for traffic plan

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

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A series of open houses has begun throughout the region to gather input on the Cape Fear Commutes 2035 traffic plan. The north campus of Cape Fear Community College hosted Monday night’s open house.

The main purpose of the series is to get as much public input as possible. So far, the input has been a bit of a surprise. “Really a number one priority coming out of people is more walkways and more bicycle paths and that kind of surprised us,” said Mike Roberts of Wilmington Metropolitan Planning. “We thought people would be more interested in automotive traffic, but there’s a great deal of interest in the bike paths and the walkways.”

As far as automotive traffic, Roberts said the Skyway Project linking Wilmington with Brunswick County is still not funded, but it is priority number one for the Wilmington metropolitan area and for the state.

The extension of Interstate 140 is partially funded.

The extension of Military Cutoff Road is also a possibility. It is currently listed as a pending project.

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A series of open houses has begun throughout the region to gather input on the Cape Fear Commutes 2035 traffic plan. The north campus of Cape Fear Community College hosted Monday night’s open house.

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